Alabama's Josh Gattis to join Mike Locksley's staff at Maryland

Jose Verdugo
Enero 11, 2019

MI has reportedly found its offensive coordinator.

MI football has hired former Alabama wide receivers coach Josh Gattis as his new offensive coordinator, according to Chris Vannini, of The Athletic. He will work as a co-offensive coordinator for the Wolverines, according to The Athletic, who first reported news of his hire.

Gattis will inherit a number of offensive weapons at MI, including quarterback Shea Patterson and wide receivers Donovan Peoples-Jones, Tarik Black and Nico Collins.

Josh Gattis was supposed to be on the move from Alabama to the Big Ten, but he has reportedly changed his mind on the job that he will take.

Gattis joined Alabama this season after spending the past six seasons working as a receivers coach under James Franklin at Vanderbilt (2012-13) and Penn State (2014-17). He previously coached for six years under James Franklin at Vanderbilt and Penn State.

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In a statement released by Michigan Thursday afternoon, Harbaugh said, "The offense and passing games under Josh's direction have achieved at a very high level throughout his coaching career". He was a graduate assistant at North Carolina before becoming the wide receivers coach at Western Michigan in 2011.

Gattis' departure means Alabama will have a new offensive coordinator for the fourth time in four seasons. Locksley was hired in December as Maryland's new head coach.

With Gattis on staff, the Crimson Tide posted the best offensive season in program history 522 yards per game and 45.6 points per game. Brady Hoke hired Doug Nussmeier to be the team's coordinator and Nussmeier lasted just one season before Hoke was sacked and Harbaugh was hired to take over the program.

Alabama ranked sixth in the nation in total offense and passing offense in 2018. With starting quarterback Shea Patterson and most of the offense returning, Gattis should have plenty of weapons to improve the unit in 2019.

Harbaugh has led MI to three 10-win seasons in four years in Ann Arbor, but hasn't yet gotten over the hump against Ohio State. MI scored just 17 points in a Week 1 loss to Notre Dame and 15 points in a Peach Bowl loss to Florida.

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